Through the end of April, the former Skyjet Explorer pay-as-you-go
fixed rate jet card is being discounted to $5,000
Directional Aviation’s OneSky, which owns Flexjet and Sentient Jet, said it has merged its Skyjet brand into PrivateFly, which it had acquired last September. Skyjet was acquired by Directional in 2014 as part of Bombardier’s divestiture of its fractional share arm Flexjet. The Skyjet team is being merged into PrivateFly under Adam Twidell, the co-founder and CEO of PrivateFly.
Several jet card programs offer fixed rates and guaranteed availability in both the U.S. and Europe
If you are planning to take a European vacation this summer, or perhaps you travel to Europe on business, several U.S. jet cards give you fixed rates and guaranteed availability on the other side of the pond.
European jet cards for the U.S.-based flier
While there are more providers that offer Europe-only
solutions, if you are flying privately here in the U.S. sometimes it’s nice to
have a one-size fits all option. To find those companies that can help you on
both sides of the Atlantic, we scoured the Private Jet Card Comparisons
database of over 50 providers and more than 300 programs.
Jet card seller Sentient is offering VIP experiences for cardholders attending the Big Game
Boston-based jet card seller Sentient Jet said it is continuing its support for New England Patriots fans. It is creating a unique Super Bowl experience for Cardholders who are heading to Atlanta for the game. To highlight its local pride, the company is decking out cabins with fan gear, catering flights with staple New England dishes and connecting members with VIP access through On Location Experiences, according to a press release.
The inventor of the Jet Card 20 years later finds itself atop the growing category it created
Founded in 1999, Sentient Jet lays claim as inventor of the jet card. Twenty years later the company is no longer a start-up trying to prove a concept, but with 6,000 members a category leader, by our estimates definitely in the top three in revenues out of more than 50 providers. It’s also is part of the Directional Aviation family of companies which includes flight providers Flexjet, Skyjet and PrivateFly (acquired in September) as well Nextant Aerospace (remanufacturing of business jets), Sojourn Aviation (aircraft sales), N1 (aircraft engine parts), Air Services (off-wing services), and Constant Aviation (aircraft modifications and structural repairs). In 2017, Ken Ricci, privately held Directional’s chairman told Forbes the company had $2.5 billion in sales and around 3,000 employees. Sentient and Skyjet revenues were north of $300 million last year.
Deicing can run up to $10,000 per incidence, so if you are doing a lot of winter flying, it’s something you should consider when comparing jet cards
If you’ve mainly flown commercially, on a corporate jet or with friends, you may not have thought about deicing in terms of who’s paying for it. So you bought a jet card. Congratulations – you just made your life easier for you and whoever will be flying with you! As you sit in the FBO on a cold winter’s day and watch the truck pull up next to your jet, you might think, “Geez, I’m glad I’m not that guy on the boom lift. It must be cold up there!” You may not have realized that what was coming out of the hose was not just fluid, but money, possibly yours. Chances are you won’t find out about it until you get your monthly statement weeks late. I say possibly because some jet card programs include deicing and others don’t.